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We kicked off Term 2 with the first of our Geography Department overnight field trips.

Thirty-seven keen Geographers set off to Tongariro National Park with their four favourite teachers and the best two UoA pre-service teachers. The hard working students achieved their goal – collecting data to explain the variation in vegetation on Mt. Ruapehu. On day 3 we set out in marginal weather for the Tongariro Crossing. As forecast, we received a magical weather window with stunning vistas just in time to do the hard yards over the top. With such a large group, ability was varied, but fantastic attitudes and perseverance was widespread. We have to commend the students for the way that they represented their school community.

This was the last field trip for Sarah Carr, our esteemed colleague who is moving on from Springs next term. An outdoor enthusiast, GIS pro and passionate Geography teacher, Sarah will be going overseas for a spell and then leaving the big smoke. As HOD, I’d like to thank her for her hard work over the years and the enthusiasm for Geography that she has instilled in many cohorts of students.


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